U.S. Army Training Area Hohenfels, Germany

I keep records on historical places for my line of work, and among them is my collection of historical postcards.

The postcard below got repurposed, when my husband sighed heavily just before leaving for work this morning, which is rather hectic at this time of year.

I held up the postcard, offering this choice: “Would you rather go to Hohenfels or work?” His response was “Oh God, I hated that place. Even more than Grafenwöhr.”

That settled it. He left a bit happier for work this morning.

U.S. Army Training Area Hohenfels

Back then in the late 1980s, we were dating. All I know about Hohenfels are his stories and that there was… a telephone booth, which was the life line to the outside world.

So, if you ever spent most of November in Hohenfels, the largest U.S. Army Europe maneuver training area, consider yourself lucky.

That is, if you are healthy, while sitting in a warm place, with a roof over your head, sanitary installations within your home, and a warm meal within easy reach.

Hohenfels, anyone? 🙂

Reconstruction of the Old Askren Manor Housing, Schweinfurt, Germany, May 2020

Thomas L., a Schweinfurt resident, who had recently purchased House 460 in the former Askren Manor housing, sent me the following photos to share with you. These have been taken this month, May 2020.

Askren Manor Schweinfurt, reconstruction May 2020
Former Askren Manor Schweinfurt

“Goodbyes, they often come in waves.” – Jarod Kintz

The End of Askren Manor Housing, Schweinfurt, in 2018

It’s spring 2020 by now, and while sorting through my digital archives, I ran across these images, taken of the former Askren Manor housing in Schweinfurt, Germany in 2018.

Two years ago, the photographer Thomas Liepold shared these images with me, and finally today, I make use of his permission to share them here with you.

Building 520 and Lee Street, Askren Manor
Rubble and Building 520, Askren Manor
DoDEA elementary school Schweinfurt
DoDEA Entrance to Elementary/Middle School, Schweinfurt
Corner of Grant Street and Maple Street, Askren Manor

If you have more information concerning any of these photos, feel free to share this here in the comment section.

I appreciate your valuable memories.

Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt goes Educational with iCampus

We usually pass by Ledward Barracks twice a year. This latest update is with photos taken on 20 April 2019.

Left main gate of Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

Right main gate of Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt

Here we are approaching the corner of Niederwerrner StraĂźe and Franz-Schubert-StraĂźe, and there it is, the new iCampus under construction.

For a closer view, we’re turning into Franz-Schubert-StraĂźe.

This iCampus is being built in the Carus-Park, which is the new name for the former Ledward Barracks area. For more information about the Carus-Park in German, visit iCampus Schweinfurt.

Entering Franz-Schubert-StraĂźe
iCampus and Ledward Barracks Schweinfurt
Former eastern side gate area
Looking towards the former MP station

Tank Trail next to Ledward Barracks, Schweinfurt, Germany

We spent the past couple of days, Good Friday and Good Saturday, in the Schweinfurt area, and arrived at Ledward Barracks on our way to the village of Hambach. We turned into tank tail road heading to ‘Yorktown’, but had forgotten the road is sealed off for regular traffic. Which wasn’t always the case 30+ years ago…

This corner of Ledward Barracks still looks untouched.

Heading towards Kessler Field. It was a gorgeous day to be out and about.

In the late 1980s, the building on the right was part of an infantry battalion.

Soon after this part of Ledward, we had to turn around to get back onto Niederwerrner StraĂźe. These buildings appear to have been part of the motor pool.

This is an update on the current works at Ledward Barracks. This part hasn’t changed much, as far as I can see. But in my next post, I will take you around the other side of Ledward Barracks.

I hope you’re buckled in for this ride.

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